A ROSHANDA BY ANY OTHER NAME PDF

But is your name really your destiny? Their names are a bit of an experiment:. Indeed, there is some evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. Stephen Dubner talks to Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney about a mysterious discrepancy in Google ads for Instant Checkmate, a company that sells public records.

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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. But the blog can be updated every day, every hour. Even better: you now have an army of book readers scouring the universe for stories that confirm or refute what you wrote in the book. No reader was more diligent in the pursuit of this idea than the woman who inspired the first post in this chapter.

I got an interesting a package in the mail recently. It came from Ms. Stewart, who says she is a proud mother and a grandmother to four pit bulls. Stewart has an unusual hobby: clipping newspaper articles of a particular ilk. She sent me photocopies of her most recent finds, all from the Dallas News over the past few years. The articles had two things in common:. I have to say I was stunned by the number of examples; in order to protect the potentially innocent, I will obscure their last names:.

Maybe you could assemble a list this impressive for some other middle name, but I doubt it. Of course, these folks are following the path set for them by the notorious Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

Stewart also collects clippings with middle names that rhyme with Wayne: there were four DeWaynes, four Duanes and two Dwaynes. After going through the package, I pulled my two oldest daughters aside they are 6 and told them they were not allowed to ever have a boyfriend with the middle name Wayne.

Olivia, who is obsessed with a boy named Thomas in her class, is going to check on his middle name tomorrow. Thanks to our Freakonomics section about unusual first names — like Temptress, Shithead pronounced shuh-TEED , and Lemonjello and Orangejello — we regularly get emails from readers with similar examples. He sent an Orlando Sentinel article about a year-old student-athlete in Bushnell, Fla.

He has a younger brother named Handsome, and cousins named Prince and Gorgeous. I like Yourhighness so much that I am going to try to get my kids to call me that for a while.

Jennifer 8. Lee who is herself nomenclaturally blessed has the story in the New York Times, showing an absolutely remarkable spike in popularity in a new name — from eight instances in to 4, last year. Is it possible to predict which names will become more popular over time, and which will fall? But if you had to pick one name in the past of couple years that you were sure would be abandoned, you might pick Katrina. Who on earth would name their baby after a hurricane that nearly wiped out an entire city?

And indeed, the name did slump in the 12 months following Hurricane Katrina, with only incidences in the U. If so, you would be wrong.

In the two states most severely affected by Hurricane Katrina, the name actually received more action in the 12 months following the storm than in the 12 months previous. In Louisiana, the name increased from eight incidences to 15, while in Mississippi, it spiked from seven to I am guessing that the rate of Katrina namings increased even more, since lots of displaced people from both states were having babies — maybe named Katrina — elsewhere.

Maybe they named their girls Katrina to commemorate friends or relatives who died or lost their homes. Which says at least as much about our incessant desire to predict the future as it does about the people who had babies last year.

Levitt and Stephen J. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. In bookstores on May 5. Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. To order copies of Toronto Star articles, please go to: www. By Steven D. Dubner Sat. The next time your daughter brings home a new boyfriend, be sure to ask his middle name.

David Wayne xxxxx: 10 years for practising nursing without a licence. Garry Wayne xxxxx: knowingly having unprotected sex when HIV-positive. Tony Wayne xxxxx: aggravated assault of grandmother in front of her grandchildren, robbery.

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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. But the blog can be updated every day, every hour. Even better: you now have an army of book readers scouring the universe for stories that confirm or refute what you wrote in the book. No reader was more diligent in the pursuit of this idea than the woman who inspired the first post in this chapter. I got an interesting a package in the mail recently. It came from Ms. Stewart, who says she is a proud mother and a grandmother to four pit bulls.

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A Roshanda by Any Other Name

There is also discussion on the types of names that white people and black people tend to name their children. White people are more likely to give their children European names, while black people tend to give their children names that are Arabic and African in origin or names that sound made-up and are thought of as ghetto. It is mentioned that a study was made where resumes were sent out, and the resumes with so-called white names received more callbacks than identical resumes with black names. In addition it was mentioned there was a belief that a person with a black name is more likely to have a hard time in life, being poor, being raised without a father, being violent, doing poorly in school and etc. The segment ends with the story of a man who named one son Winner and the other Loser.

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